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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Dec 17, 2006 11:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: FIrst Ever Concert- and did you have to lie to get there?

The year is 1978 or 1979- The Band is Styx at the Palladium in NY- it is their Grand Illusion tour- my sister and I told my mother we were attending a drum corps event (both mysisters were in drum corp also)- We went to the show- copped some Thai stick in the BR- and MAN was that stuff potent- so I watched my first concert from about 9 feet above my seat- Floating- damn good show-

But my dumb sister took photos and left them laying out in her room- SNAGGED

Oh well- 2nd show was Yes in the round for the Tormato tour (i actually liked that album)Significant direction change for the band- especially in the producing part of the album- the sound they started to hone on Going for the one evolved into Tormato

What was your first show? A few people on the other thread stated this and gave me the idea

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Poster: gmcgill Date: Dec 17, 2006 6:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: FIrst Ever Concert- and did you have to lie to get there?

Grateful Dead, Dallas, 12/26/69. 14 years old. My parents dropped me and my friend off at SMU's campus auditorium. Little did we know what we were about to get in to.....

p.s. that's how I found this site a few years ago....searching for a recording of that show (which was on here...what a time machine!).

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Poster: bocajoes Date: Dec 17, 2006 1:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: FIrst Ever Concert- and did you have to lie to get there?

John Fogerty at the Hershey Park Arena in 1986. I didn't have to lie because it was my father's idea to go. He was a big CCR fan and never got to see them live and I liked the album Centerfield. My second concert ever was Bowie's Glass Spider show at the Vet in 1987. Then it was Dead/Dylan at JFK in 87, and the rest is kind of a blur...

My first concert ever was ALMOST the Dead at the Spectrum earlier that year, but my parents wouldn't allow me to go with my "long haired hippy freak" neighbor. I made up for it with 30+ shows later on.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 17, 2006 5:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: FIrst Ever Concert- and did you have to lie to get there?

Eye of the Zombie tour right? Saw him that tour in Oakland with Bruce Hornsby and the Range opening. Did they open for that show too? Was bummed he wasn't playing any CCR on that tour.

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Poster: harold920 Date: Dec 17, 2006 3:26pm
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My first show was Led Zeppelin in 1977 at the Met Center in Bloomington, MN (The building is long gone, and the site is still vacant. The site is right across from the Mall of America.) I was 13 and went with friends. One of my friends had brought in a bottle of Southern Comfort. Because I was going with friends, I did not have to lie to my parents.

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Poster: wineland Date: Dec 18, 2006 10:10am
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1986, I was 16, saw Jethro Tull at the Schnitzer Auditorium, you all know it as the Paramont Theater in Portland, OR from the 76 break out shows. J's feel out of my shorts in line, dam boxers. Burned one down in the restroom until someone walked in and my buddy popped it in his mouth and swallowed it. We still laugh about it to this day.

My son's (age 7) first big concert was this summer, Trey Anastasio opened for Tom Petty. Although he had been to many many shows at the Oregon Zoo Summer Concert Series before that, including great shows like Bruce Hornsby, Baaba Maal, and Pink Martini.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 17, 2006 1:57pm
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Cliffs first concert was Santana at the Palladium 1977.

Didnt lie. Had to beg...

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Dec 17, 2006 3:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: FIrst Ever Concert- and did you have to lie to get there?

May 16th, 1980 Rush's Permanent Wave's Tour - no lie'in since my folks drove me - got a Jack Nicholson stare from my dad after being picked up though when his olfacatory senses picked up the reek of the kind bud that had somehow attacked me during much of the show. just kinda shrugged my shoulder and said it must have been the guy sitting in front of me....... yeah, i'm sure he bought that one :)

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Poster: patkelley Date: Dec 17, 2006 3:22pm
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GD 6-25-85- My dad took me! So lying about it wasn't involved. (but neither was anything worth lying about- i was like 7 yrs old) My first independent concert I believe was Dylan at the Warner Theater in Erie, PA in like 1995 or maybe 1994.

This post was modified by patkelley on 2006-12-17 23:22:32

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Poster: jhender501 Date: Dec 17, 2006 3:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: FIrst Ever Concert- and did you have to lie to get there?

Sometime in 1964 or 5 at the Cow Palace in Beautiful Daly City, CA. Donovan and The Buckinghams. No lying involved..i was too young to drive as was my girlfriend. i can't for the life of me remember how we got there and home. We lived down The Peninsula in San Carlos, CA.


Jim

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 17, 2006 5:18pm
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Was that your last concert too? Being THE last good year for music.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Dec 17, 2006 6:12pm
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Johnny...you spotted that too? WTF? An enigma.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 17, 2006 6:32pm
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couldn't resist. : )

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Poster: Bugz Date: Dec 18, 2006 11:14am
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Hey cush - i met you at your store several weeks back -

My first show ever was Hot Tuna @ Rutgers circa 1971/72; next was Johnny Winter (opening acts Poco & Foghat);

the real deal was 6/9 & 6/10 73 though RFK

Hope all is well, and hi to all other posters here - this was a good question!

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Poster: the lamper Date: Dec 18, 2006 12:27pm
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1971 - Concert for Bangladesh (George Harrison and Friends)
Was 14 yrs. old, working in Manhattan as a messenger, when a waitress told me that tickets were on sale at the Felt Forum box office for George Harrison. Ran over and scooped up the last two tickets for the afternoon show. Tickets were either $3.50 or $5.00 (don't remember exactly).

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Poster: orchiddoctor Date: Dec 17, 2006 1:11pm
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10-31-64 Bobby D. at the Philharmic (released as part of the Bootleg series. I mentioned this in a related thread below. Mycousin Karen took. No issue since, after all, it was Philharmonic Hall--what could go wrong? Watching Karen (I was twelve, she was probably 20 or so) lighting up a reefer? I just thought it was a sweet smelling cigarette.

At the time, I was into singers who could sing--the Beatles, Peter Paul and Mary--that sort of stuff--so I thought Mr. Dylan was pretty bad. Liked the words, though.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Dec 17, 2006 5:01pm
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Cheap Trick, Boston Garden, 1983
Weeknight
PSAT's (kind of an early SAT) were the next morning.
Still don't know why Mom OK'd that one.
Oh, yeah, bombed the test.

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Poster: Scrim Date: Dec 18, 2006 3:26pm
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Blue Oyster Cult - 1981

It was decent show. They raced around the stage on a Harley, had some big pyro-technics, and were loud as hell.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 18, 2006 3:48pm
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Were they loud as hell because of the cowbell? Gotta have more cowbell.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Dec 18, 2006 4:43pm
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i can't believe i "get that" - damn!!! that friggin cow bell - lol

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 18, 2006 5:04pm
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In case you care to relive:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyJ_8_SmHU4

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Dec 18, 2006 5:13pm
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totally AWESOME man!!!!!!! only seen that once before, but now in my favorites!!! thanks for the link :)

How cool in THE MAN - Chistopher Walkin!!! very nice link - much appreciated on a monday night :) and the cowbell - the most underrated instrument in rock and roll.

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Dec 18, 2006 5:47pm
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next to the Garcia air, i play a mean cowbell too!
that was a cool video, never saw it before-lol

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Poster: GetCarter Date: Dec 18, 2006 5:50pm
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Explore the space.....

First show was J Geils Band at Boston Garden in..... 1981? It was the Freeze Frame Tour with Micheal Schenker opening. Very loud, alot of people in jean jackets (myself included), and a strange burning smell that I had never encountered before......

My love runs cold....

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 17, 2006 12:57pm
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First concert - Robert Plant McNichols arena Denver Co. 1983, first solo outing of any member of Zeppeling after Bonham died. Was only 13, only got to go because it was being shaperoned by my best friends Dad who got the tix as a birthday present for him. Remember being intoxicatged and wowed by the whole experience - the packed arena, the aromas, the lights, and of course the music. The whole experience. I've allways been happy that my first concert was one that I'm not embarassed to say unlike my second concert which I talked the folks into letting me go without adult supervision.

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Poster: Fishead Date: Dec 19, 2006 7:27am
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van halen 1983 ..the fair warning tour

no lies just lots of fatty's.......my one friends 2 older brothers scored like 10 tickets lower level/ 2 sections from the stage ..prime seats for a first show ...we had like half the row ...eruption....!!!! i believe eddie had a broken hand and played with a cast ..he still ripped!!!

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Poster: rastamon Date: Feb 16, 2009 6:30pm
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to add, my first almost GD show was 6/6/70...(or whatever date was saturday of the run) I gritted thru NRPS...then the first song of the GD...had never listened to the dead b4 and left with some hoochimama..was thinkin huh? MORE country? clueless-moron-DUH!

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Poster: SactownTom Date: Dec 17, 2006 6:20pm
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Tower of Power with The Sons of Champlin at Marine World (!) in Redwood City, Ca. in August of '72. No lying involved. It was my buddy's 13th b-day and his parents dropped us off. First whiff of the dreaded reefer. Didn't partake until later that fall--8th grader, ready for an informed decision on drug use (hah!)

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Poster: waynecs Date: Dec 17, 2006 5:23pm
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The Rascals w/Pacific,Gas and Electric plus Booker T & the M.G.s opening in '69 or '70 at the Spectrum.Won the tickets in a radio contest(WDAS FM-our underground station).

As I was only 15 my mom and dad dropped my brother and I off and went to see a movie while we saw the show.

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Poster: cush11 Date: Dec 17, 2006 8:55pm
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PG&E! nice, haven't thought of them in years! Plus Booker T & the MG's? Even nicer! And who was the other band?

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Poster: waynecs Date: Dec 18, 2006 6:24am
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Cush,My second show was Wilbert Harrison/Booker T & the M.G.'s/CCR.Funny thing is at the time I only thought of the MGs as the band that made those instrumental records(Green Onions may be my all-time favorite record).I didn't learn till several years later that they were the house band at Stax-Volt and were on all those Otis,Sam and Dave and early Wilson Pickett records I so dearly loved.

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Dec 17, 2006 8:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: FIrst Ever Concert- and did you have to lie to get there?

Thanks all- I feel like a TOTAL DEGENERATE now since I was the only one to fib my way into a show- my folks were so damn straight (cop and nurse)Dad was 30 and mom 28 during the "summer of love"- could have been hippies- but already had 3 kids under their belt and had mucho responsibility-

Thinking back, I do not even know why sis and I thought we could not tell the truth- I do not remember asking before and being turned down- Can I take any solace in that I am one of the older guys here (45) and my parents were a different generation? Absolutely not- my moral character was already taking a beating from drinkin and druggin

Speaking of Dad- and this answers a question from a few weeks ago (something about memorable experiences with people around you hearing the dead for the first time)- I was spinning American Beauty one day when my father, who said about 500 words to me my entire life, asked what I was playing- I told him and the look of shock on his face was priceless- he did admit he liked it ( he dug country music- had to as he was a truck driver before he was a cop)

MOre recently was playing a hot EOTW after 5 PM at work when two african american, very religious co-workers came over and asked what the really cool music was- I said GD and one of the women said REALLY? And with a smile on her face walked away muttering about how she had no idea their music "sounded like that"

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Dec 18, 2006 6:00am
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my remaining memory cell informed me that my 1st show was either the Jaguars, at the Coconut Grove in Santa Cruz or the 13th Floor Elevator at Long Shoremans Hall-both 1966.
There were various high school bands b4 that, but I'm not counting them

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Poster: BryanE Date: Dec 17, 2006 5:59pm
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Grateful Dead and The Who-10/10/76. No lying involved. Mom asked what I wanted for my 15th birthday present and I told her: a ticket to a concert. Dad got his grumpy ass out of bed on a Sunday morning to drive me and my buddy over to Oakland so we could get in line for the show. We weren't forthcoming about the sugar cubes we ate that morning when we were picked up at the end of the day, but I don't think Mom and Dad really wanted to know anything about that.

My daughter Katelyn's first show was "The Dead" w/Willie opening at the St. Louis-area corporate ampitheater, whatever it was called at that time. She was still a tyke. Held her on my shoulders so she could see better for part of the show. It was my wife's granddaughter's first show, too. She was only a toddler. Tina was waiting near the gate for the rest of our gang to show up and when little Chloe saw her, she ran through the gate, completely oblivious to security so she could get to her Gran. They didn't mind, though. Just watched the little shit zip through and laughed. It might have even been the first concert for Chloe's mom, my wife's oldest daughter, too. It's a family affair, dontcha know. My wife's second daughter is just now coming of the age where she really enjoys music. Definitely developing a latter-day listener's ear for Grateful Dead music. As far as the "classics," though, Pink Floyd is her favorite. Was in a bit of awe at the fact that I saw them, even though it was the Division Bell show in Chicago and not during the Floyd's heyday. Better that Pink Floyd show under my belt than none at all I say. But she is a 21st Century teenager and I usually hear her jamming out to the same Top 40 rock that I play on the radio. We've told her that at some point she will really appreciate her first concert, which was Dylan in '98. I think she was 10 and only went because her dad wanted to go and couldn't get a sitter. We hooked up with them at the show and she ended up sitting with us, her head on her mom's lap all tuckered out.
Katelyn and I saw the free Collective Soul concert under the Arch summer before last. We were both diggin on that, but sooner or later she's going to want to go see something without Dad. I will rue the day when that happens. Unless it's something really cool.

This post was modified by BryanE on 2006-12-18 01:59:50

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Dec 17, 2006 1:46pm
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Chicago at Carnegie Hall, April 71. Took the bus into NYC with a buddy who got tickets for any and every event from his dad that spent a fortune entertaining clients. Bought a couple of quarts of Bud on the walk up from Port Authority, washed down a hooter in the park. Sat about 9th row center and no matter how much I hated horn music (at the time)...I recall Terry Kath just shredding that guitar. Always underrated and gone too soon. Lie to mama? She new better than to ask.

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Poster: mcglone Date: Dec 17, 2006 12:19pm
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u2 - 12/7/1984 massey hall, toronto. waterboys opened (solid band). i was 16 and didn't have to fib. think my dad was down cause the boys were from the old country. i'm all but sure if it was one of those british new wave hair bands he would have put his foot down. i'll flock of seagulls you!

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 17, 2006 12:56pm
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WOW! Waterboys! There's a great band that didn't get enough attention. Didn't get turned on to them until Fisherman's Blues, LOVE that album.

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Poster: mcglone Date: Dec 18, 2006 5:59am
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johnny,

there's a couple of tune's from fisherman's blues that i always seem to sneak onto mixed cd's - when will we be married, and a bang on the ear & strange boat. when i was still in that place that i thought it my calling to champion band's that hadn't received their fair due (now i just focus on dead shows lol), the waterboys always sat atop the list. with songs like whole of the moon, the big music, trumpets, a pagan place and old england i might have been on to something. you can hear dylan's influence all over 'em and it works. didn't care too much for wallinger's band, world party though.

ian



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Poster: dehead Date: Dec 18, 2006 10:48am
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Outlaws, Roger McGuinn and The Eagles in 1975. I was in 10th grade and went with some seniors. Parents put up a little stink but not much. Drank orange-flavored vodka for the first and only time that night.